Board of Directors
President: Alice Pace
Vice President: Mark Putnam
Vice President: Stephanie Bernaba
Secretary: Celia Kettle
Treasurer: Courtney Lombardi
Artistic Director, Eric W. Van Dervort, was appointed director of the West Bay Chorale in June 2017. An accomplished conductor and pianist, he recently served as the Music Director at Mathewson Street Church in Providence, Rhode Island. A native of Ohio, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Kent State University, and completed advanced coursework in Choral Conducting from Case Western Reserve University. His conducting teachers have included John Rutter, Margaret Hillis, Robert Shaw, Vance George and Robert Page
Mr. Van Dervort has directed the choral programs at the Providence Country Day School, Moses Brown, and the Severn School. His ensembles have given concert tours of Germany and England. He also enjoys conducting the First Baptist Church of Wickford's Annual Messiah Sing, and the Cause for a Concert, where an intergenerational group of singers from churches, schools and the North Kingstown Community Chorus join forces to raise funds for the North Kingstown Food Pantry.
Accompanist, John Boutcher, is a high school math teacher and enjoys making music as an avocation at the current time. He has accompanied many groups in the Rhode Island area including the West Bay Chorale, Warwick Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale, the Rhode Island College Chorus, the Orchard Place Opera Workshop and for many years the Opera Workshop at the Community College of Rhode Island. He studied with Dr. Elizabeth Buccheri of Chicago and Dr. Judith Lynn Stillman at Rhode Island College where he earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education.